LEAFLET No. 40.] [THIRD SERIES.
"THIS TREMENDOUS INDICTMENT."
The Lord Chief Justice's Description.
The Lord Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench
Division, in summing up the case of "O'Donnell versus
'The Times," gave the following description of the
character and scope of what he termed " this tre-
mendous indictment," known as u Parnellism
and Crime": —
"A great variety of statements deeply
incriminating a number of persons-
Members of Parliament and persons
who are not Members of Parliament,
but are well known to the world as
prominent men. THEY ARE ACCUSED, FRANKLY
AND PLAINLY, OF ABOMINABLE CRIME -not so
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much, perhaps, of having been guilty
by their own hands, but of having lent
themselves to a system which must
NECESSARILY BE ACCOMPANIED WITH CRIME, and of
having personal knowledge of many of
the crimes which did accompany it.
That is in substance what is charged against a number
of persons whose names appear in these articles.
"The charges made against them
were charges of complicity in murder;
that they shut their eyes when crime
was contemplated, that in some cases
they actually knew that murder was
going to take place, and that on other
occasions they were present when
murder was being talked about and
did not disavow it." — Times, 6th July, 1888.